what is plantar fasciitis?
Under the skin on the sole of your foot is some tough connective tissues, called the plantar fascia.
When you get plantar fasciitis it becomes painful to put your foot down when walking or running. Pain is usually in the heel and is worse when you wake up in the morning or walk barefoot.
Why do I get plantar fasciitis?
The truth is science doesn’t really know. There are lots of theories – one due to the force of impact when running, but non runners get it too! So it is very likely to be linked to your body mechanics – your foot shape, the arch and lots of other factors.
Do I have to stop running if I have plantar fasciitis?
Our advice is to avoid activities that cause pain. Running may cause you pain, but if it doesn’t then you can carry on! You can use ice packs or anti-inflammatories to reduce pain too.
Plantar fasciitis stretches
With one hand grasp your toes and pull them back until you feel tightening along the bottom of your foot. Use the heel of your other hand to massage the band along the bottom of your foot attempting to bend this taught band. Use enough pressure to feel that it is distinctly being worked. Continue for two to five minutes. This is especially good before getting out of bed or at the end of the day.